I had spotted a ceramics shop between Radda and Gaiole when we went to tour local castles, so directed Wally in their direction to check them out. We pulled into Rampini Ceramiche and a German Shepherd greeted us at the door, followed by a nice fellow to show us around the shop.
The showroom has a section of items that you can purchase, along with many examples of their work that can be custom ordered. Their prices are steep, but you are paying for top quality heirloom ceramics that are works of art that you will enjoy every day.
Their custom order sets are displayed on antique furniture and I couldn’t decide which was my favorite. The details in their designs are quite fine and range from elegant to simple country designs. They can ship your purchases to you at home and avoid paying the Italian “value added tax” or “VAT”, which is quite steep. This also keeps you from having to carry along your purchases for your trip, and having to worry about breakage and going through customs.
On the way back to Radda is this massive villa perched on a hill. It is a private residence and not open for tours. At night it is lit up and impressive.